Chelsea Vs Southampton | 1st December | 16.10
CHELSEA: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Essien, Ramires; Mata, Oscar, Hazard; Torres
SOUTHAMPTON: Boruc; Clyne, Lovren, Fonte, Shaw; Schneiderlin, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, Lallana; Rodriguez, Osvaldo.
written by @CalcioAnalizzat
Chelsea prepare to host Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon, in the midst of a truly testing time for their returning boss. Jose Mourinho’s honeymoon return to Chelsea isn’t going to plan so far, despite them sitting just four points behind leaders Arsenal.
The preseason sense of euphoria around the Bridge in light of Jose returning seems to have faded of late, after a string of disappointing results most recently at FC Basel. In midweek they were dismantled by Basel in yet another poor display which has only increased the criticism in some ends of the media with regards to Jose’s second coming.
Did you know? Chelsea have an identical Premier League record this season to the one they had last time out in the opening 12 games under Roberto Di Matteo (W7 D3 L2), who was sacked at this stage.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men are Chelsea’s next challenge, who themselves will be desperate to put last week’s disappointment at Arsenal behind them. Irrespective of that defeat, the Saints remain in a commanding position in the table sitting fifth, which is by far their best ever start to a Premier League campaign.
The appointment of the Argentine manager bewildered most of us at the time, but he’s silky management style has quickly won over the Southampton faithful and the media alike. He’s managed to transforming Southampton into one of the most well organised and functional sides in the league. With just 7 goals conceded in their last 11 away trips, Southampton’s resistance could make it another frustrating afternoon for the Londoners.
- Basel 1-0 Chelsea (CL)
- West Ham 0-3 Chelsea (Prem)
- Chelsea 2-2 WBA (Prem)
- Chelsea 3-0 Schalke (CL)
- Newcastle 2-0 Chelsea (Prem)
- Arsenal 2-0 So’ton (Prem)
- So’ton 4-1 Hull (Prem)
- Sunderland 2-1 So’ton (LC)
- Stoke 1-1 So’ton (Prem)
- So’ton 2-0 Fulham (Prem)
Chelsea’s Brazilian midfielder Oscar was outstanding last time out against West Ham, in what has been a stand out campaign for the 22 year-old. A dominant afternoon from Chelsea against the hammers was topped off with yet another formidable display from Oscar in which he finished the game with a goal and an assist. He’ll arguably be the biggest threat to Southampton’s resistance on the afternoon, but if anyone’s capable of taming the Brazilian it’s Morgan Schneiderlin. The popular Frenchman has continued to impress in the top flight this season, following a scintillating first year in the Premier League. His intelligent and disciplined playing style has led to calls for him to receive a national team call up, which you have to feel may well be on the horizon.
Samuel Eto’o faces a spell on the sidelines after developing a muscular problem in the Champions League, whilst David Luiz may again miss out with a persistent knee problem.
With regards to Southampton, left back Luke Shaw’s faces a late test on his hip which could prevent him featuring against his boyhood club. He may well join the injury list currently headed by Jack Cork (ankle), Guly do Prado (knee) and Kelvin Davies who’re all currently on the treatment table. On the plus side for Pochettino, though, Dejan Lovren should make it after illness.
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